Born in Chichester, Tom Odell knew from a young age he wanted to be a musician. Instead of going to university, he decided to study at Brighton’s British and Irish Modern Music Institute, where he sang and played piano as part of the band Tom And The Tides. They recorded the song Spider for the school’s student album.
Deciding to pursue a solo path, Odell moved to London in 2010. At the age of 21, he was nominated for the BBC Sound of 2013 poll. Odell broke into the spotlight later that year with his debut album Long Way Down, which reached No.1 on the UK albums chart. It also spawned the top 10 single Another Love as well as the top 50 singles Hold Me and Grow Old With Me.
At the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards, Odell was named Songwriter of the Year. Two years later, his sophomore record Wrong Crowd arrived. He released his third album, Jubilee Road, in 2018 and toured it through September 2019.
During much of that time he revealed he’d been struggling with anxiety, so when Odell started to record new material, he poured those feelings into the songs. He unveiled the singles Numb and Monster v.1, which featured darker eerie synths and electronic pop tones, in early 2021.
On 15 March 2021, Odell announced his fourth album called Monsters, created alongside songwriter Laurie Blundell and producer Miles James (Yussef Dayes, Tom Misch), would arrive on 25 June 2021 and be supported by The Monsters Tour in February and March 2022.